Condition often left something to be desired but there was great interest in two part tea and coffee services made for the western market c.1730-40 in the late Yongzheng or early Qianlong periods. Both are extremely rare patterns.
Sold at £8500 in the Donnington Priroy, Newbury, saleroom on on November 10 were elements of a service painted with Chinese ladies holding paint brushes either side of a root wood table. Of the 15 pieces, a large saucer dish was riveted, a smaller dish had a crack and chip while one of four tea bowls had a rim chip.
Yet more bidding greeted 13 pieces of a service well painted with ladies playing Go at a table in an open pavilion, with two bushy tailed quadrupeds.
A saucer dish, a sugar bowl, a coffee cup and a tea bowl were all badly damaged but the lot was competed to £44,000.